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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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My Favorite Sweatshirt and Mitts

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : My Favorite Sweatshirt and Mitts
My Favorite Sweatshirt and Mitts
My Favorite Sweatshirt and Mitts
My Favorite Sweatshirt and Mitts
My Favorite Sweatshirt and Mitts

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • ability to read charts (the cable panels are charted, not written out

Pattern Description:

This will become your favorite work-out/lounge-around-the-house sweatshirt -- it HAS become mine!

A split hem (with the back slightly longer than the front), the loose shape and cropped length ensure a comfy fit on all body types. The organic worsted-weight cotton knits up like a dream and washes to a wonderful, sweatshirt softness. Although this has drop-shoulders, the armholes are purposely not super-big so the 3/4-length sleeves fit without binding or looking grossly huge! The hood is fun and adds just a bit more warmth on a windy/rainy day.

The matching mitts keep you warm but allow finger mobility - and besides, they're fun to knit and wear!


4 sts x 5 rows = 1" of rss
wave welt pattern over 20 sts = 3-1/2"

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • sweatshirt is sized for XS (30")-5X (62")
  • mitts are sized for an avg woman's hand (changes for large are included)


  • for sweatshirt: 670 (780, 900, 984, 1125, 1250, 1400, 1550, 1680) yards worsted weight cotton (sample knit in a L used 6 skeins of KP's Simply Cotton Worsted in "Malted" organic cotton).
  • for mitts: 150 yards worsted weight cotton (sample shown used 1 skein of KP's Simply Cotton Worsted in "Malted" organic cotton)
  • US #8 circs for sweatshirt
  • US #8 dpns for mitts
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers